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Sports Columns

Houston Astros’ scandal clouds Major League Baseball’s future

The start of spring training in the past week should be marked as a fun occasion. Major League Baseball teams descend on Florida and Arizona looking to start fresh with potential new players, while fans get to appreciate the fact that the warm comfort of spring is on the horizon and we might ...

What to take from this Super Bowl

Last weekend a day before the Super Bowl, I made my prediction and talked about how this year’s contest was all about anniversaries. Now that the game is over, it’s turned into a talk about legacies, whether it be for the coaches or just the teams themselves. When it comes to the teams ...

Super Bowl should prove to be the ultimate test

How do you pick the winner of this year’s Super Bowl? Of course, if you’re a fan of the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s easy — just go with your heart. But for the rest of us — at least for me — I’m really having a hard time figuring out which of the ...

Who will celebrate a Super Bowl win in Miami on Sunday night?

Anniversaries are the story of the day when it comes to Super Bowl LIV — that’s 54 to those of us who don’t live in Rome. For the first time in a decade, the big game is back in Miami (technically, near Miami), which is tied for its largest gap in time between Super Bowls. That’s a ...

A farewell to Neon Dion

“You’ll like him. He’s a cool guy.” That’s what I heard after I first arrived in the Upper Peninsula when I asked about Gwinn football coach Dion Brown. Brown died on Wednesday evening at Gwinn High School from what police described as a “natural medical event.” I’d come ...

Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers a storied playoff rivalry

This week’s Packers-49ers playoff rivalry goes back quite a ways, as I’m sure most of you with a least one or two gray hairs can attest. In fact, I found several websites showing these teams have met seven previous times in the playoffs — in 1996, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2002, ’13 and ...

Some ways to deal with cheaters

Cheating is wrong. We’re told this from a very young age. From the time we’re able to walk and talk, our elders emphasize that you shouldn’t cheat. Whether it be at board games, tests at school or the sports you play. Yet for some people, those types of morals go out the window when ...

Can’t let possibility of disappointment ruin fandom

Two years ago, I wrote a column about how I missed out on watching one of the greatest moments in Minnesota sports history. Last Sunday, I almost did it again. Back in 2018, the Minnesota Vikings were in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs and were hosting the New Orleans Saints. Not ...

Tom Brady dropoff reminder of Dan Marino’s final game

Here we are just a few days into the 2020s. Geesh, as a kid I didn’t think this would EVER happen. Growing up as a little kid in the 1960s, even the idea of the year 2000 was nearly unfathomable. For some reason, I then remember thinking ahead to 2020, with all the crooked numbers in the ...

Going home can be an adventure

Going home never seemed like an adventure to me. When I went home to Minneapolis in college my freshman year, it was cool the first time because I was living away from home and I was attempting to be an adult. The jury is still out if I’ve actually become one. Over the years though, it ...

Packers loom large in NFL playoffs discussion even as they take this week off

Since we’re talking about the first round of the NFL playoffs today, let’s start with the Green Bay Packers. But they’re not even playing this week, you tell me. Sure, but what happens in the NFC this weekend affects who they play in another week during the divisional round. The ...

NFL’s Week 17 gladdening, maddening at the same time

Can Week 17 in the NFL be both the most anticipated and most dreaded week of the season? Sure, why not? It’s the final week of the regular season, meaning that the greatest time of the season, the playoffs, are one week away. And with two berths still up for grabs and quite a few ...

A good mentor never truly leaves us

What do you do when you lose a mentor? It’s a question I had to ask myself a few times over the course of this year and it wasn’t an easy one to answer. Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of my former sports journalism professor Terry “Hutch” Hutchens, and even ...

What’s new? New England Patriots cheat and Detroit Lions awful

There’s a lot of things you can depend on when it comes to the NFL — some of them good and some of them bad. Two things that stand out from that ever-growing list is that the New England Patriots will cheat and the Detroit Lions will be a mess. Both of them were confirmed earlier this ...

NFC ‘Least’ like watching a train wreck

It’s interesting to watch whether the new vanguard or the old guard will be better represented when the playoffs start in just a few weeks. Teams like Green Bay, Seattle and New Orleans are being challenged by Minnesota and San Francisco in the NFC. Eh, not such a new vanguard there. The ...

Abuse in hockey needs to be addressed

"He's a terrible person, the worst I've ever met." That's how former Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen said that about former Wings head coach Mike Babcock after he berated Franzen during a game against Nashville in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was also corroborated by former ...

Is Panthers coach’s firing first domino to fall?

Will the firing of Carolina’s Ron Rivera just be the first domino to fall in a string of NFL coaches getting dumped? We can only wait and see. Panthers owner David Tepper said in so many words that he was doing Rivera a favor by not keeping him around till the end of the season: “I ...

It’s a wonderful day for pie

At some point Thursday, most of us probably had some flavor of pie to eat. Whether it was the traditional pumpkin, the perfect for the season apple, or the greatest pie ever, pecan, chances are you were satisfied by the time you were finished. Now, it’s that time of year where I get to do ...